Pack It Up, Pack It In: The Tanzania Chronicles #4

All the gear that Casey and Sarah are taking on their Kilimanjaro trek
After 3 or 4 trips to Mountain Equipment Co-op and one of the biggest holes ever seen in their wallets, Casey and Sarah have everything they could likely ever need to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro…

As you can see, I wasn’t kidding when I said that the amount of gear we’d gotten for this trip is utterly ridiculous.

But it’s like I was telling a friend while enjoying a walk in the sunshine on Tuesday — you can’t put a price on safety or survival. Being a mountain climbing novice, if an expert tells me that I need something, I am not about to argue!

But part of packing for a trip like this is finding balance. Having a few weeks off from one’s regular life is an opportunity to do things they’ve always wanted to do — relax; write stories; catch up on some reading… you’ll have more free time than you might be used to!

But you’ll also only have so much of your stuff! Especially on a trip like this, I need to make more room for essentials and keep the luxuries to a minimum. (However, please believe that Sakshi and Trevor are going to get their butt handed to them in board games if I have anything to say about it!) It’s good that they already supplied us with packing lists; otherwise I wouldn’t know what the heck I was doing and you’d hear stories of me on the top of Kilimanjaro suffering from hypothermia or something! Usually I pack like this:

…but this time there’s been no time for fun cartoons or lengthy lists. No… this time, it’s all about seeing how much I can fit in that bag (making sure that it ends up being under 15 kg) and learning to live with less (one could also learn a thing or two from the process that my friends Trevor and Sakshi used to pack for a six-month trip.

I’m sure there’s a life lesson in here somewhere….

–case p.

By Casey E. Palmer

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey‘s spent the last few decades in pursuit of creating killer content. From novels as a kid, comics as a teen, to blogs and photos once he could grow a beard, he’ll use whatever’s around him to create amazing stuff.

When he’s not creating, he’s parenting, exploring and trying to make life as awesome as possible for everyone around him.

Because a boring life’s not a life worth living!

2 replies on “Pack It Up, Pack It In: The Tanzania Chronicles #4”

I need to do a trip like this (just the necessities) eventually. My sis went to Costa Rica last summer for 3 weeks (a Raw food cleanse vacation, thingy) and loved it.

I don’t even know what kind of trip I’d want to go on next, to be honest — I kind of feel that after a trip like this, going to resorts/cruises and the like won’t feel the same anymore.

I think my wife is turning me into an outdoorsy type :S I didn’t see it coming!

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